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. >> reporter: economist ellen zentner says it could provide a critical boost to a fragile economy. >> right now business investment spending is accounting for about 7 president clinton to 10% of economic growth. that's not chump change. >> reporter: even conservative economists embraced the idea. >> he should have proposed this right at the very beginning. >> reporter: kevin hassett of the american enterprise institute says the incentives could add as much as 10% to quipped spending, or about $100 billion. for importantly, he says, it could change the national mood. >> i think at some point americans are going to finally step that the worst is behind us and that we're ready to boom again and this is the kind of proposal that could change the psychology and create the positive momentum we need to really get out of this malaise. >> reporter: the white house says the final cost of the incentives would be about $30 billion. the administration is also proposing a permanent extension of the research and development tax credit. katie? >> couric: all right. anthony mason, anthony, thanks so much. let's
at that. mary ellen marachristian went out on a south carolina lake hunting for alligators. boy did she find one. somehow she fought the gator and actually won. in an early show exclusive she joins us along with her husband mark. thanks for being with us. >> thank you. >> i've got to ask you how in the world did you hook this gator, over a thousand pounds? >> well, i had help. we went on a blacks' camp and we were in a boat and what you do on an alligator hunt is first your initial strike on the alligator is with a fishing pole and it has very heavy braided line on it with like about 100 test -- >> it grabbed onto that and then you are fighting with it. and what happens next? >> um, well, we stuck him with a harpoon. >> goodness. >> we had two lines on him, got him with a harpoon. >> you had no idea how big this thing was, correct? >> oh, no, no. kevin davis, who was with us, he thought it was probably a ten-foot gator, which was what we were hoping for. so, i had no idea it was that big. >> and how did you get him on the boat? >> we didn't get him on the boat. once we got him settleded
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